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‘If you care, leave them there’ ‘If you care, leave them there’

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks With spring turning to summer and newborn wildlife beginning to appear, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is urging the public to resist the temptation to pick up young animals, like fawns, even if they appear sick or in need of help. At the height of the season, FWP can receive several calls a day about apparently abandoned fawns, said Libby-based FWP Biologist Tonya Chilton-Radandt. But things aren’t always as they appear, she said. “Generally, the adult is quite close, just not as visible,” Chilton-Radandt said. Left alone, a fawn might have a chance in the wild. Chilton-Radandt says it’s a simple message, “If y...

Anglers with disabilities land lake trout at 24th fishing without barriers day Anglers with disabilities land lake trout at 24th fishing without barriers day

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks A total of 84 anglers with disabilities participated in the 24th annual Jerry Howard Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake on June 15. Anglers went out on 15 fishing boats provided by the Montana Charterboat Association and a few private craft. Charterb...

2017 best water year, water supplies above normal

News from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation HELENA —Montana’s 2017 water year will be the best in several years, with minimal drought concerns for the growing season, and water supplies in excess of normal in the Flathead and Bighorn River basins, according to the Gove...

Prescribed burn planned at bison range

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes PABLO — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) - Fuels Program are planning a prescribed burn on 400 timbered acres within the Elk Creek Drainage of the National Bison Range Refuge. Thi...

Annual bear monitoring, capturing begins in Glacier

WEST GLACIER, MT – Each year, Glacier National Park participates in an interagency effort to monitor grizzly bear population trends in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.  To monitor population trends, bait stations, automated cameras, and traps are used to capture and mark the animals. ...

New watercraft rules stated

News from the State of Montana The State of Montana now requires all watercraft transported from out of state or transported from east of the Continental Divide into Western Montana to be inspected before launching into Montana waters. Additional Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes regulations apply...

Burn backyard debris safely

On the heels of Wildfire Awareness Month (observed in May) fire officials urge landowners to follow safe burning practices. Escaped debris burns are the leading human cause of wildfires. A burn pile is less likely to escape control if these simple safety tips are followed: • Know the weather fo...

Female grizzly, two yearlings captured near Ferndale Female grizzly, two yearlings captured near Ferndale

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks An adult female grizzly bear and her two yearlings were captured on May 16 south of Ferndale. The bears had gotten into two small chest freezers that were outside a mobile home. The adult female is nine years old and weighed 309 pounds. The male yearling weighe...

Feeding bears likely cause of relocations

News from CSKT Natural Resources ST. IGNATIUS – Tribal Wildlife Bear Biologists and Tribal Conservation Officers responded to a call last week involving a yearling grizzly bear along Mission Creek near Tribal Health and Human Services in St Ignatius. The female yearling was trapped and relocated i...

Anti-AIS bill passes, waiting for governor’s signature

A Senate bill that would fund $13.9 million over two years to fight aquatic invasive species has been approved by the Legislature and waits for the governor’s signature. All indications are that Gov. Steve Bullock will sign the bill, which is an attempt to prevent mussels from expanding from eastern...

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